Lords debate Children Bill changes

    The government has insisted the proposed children’s commissioner
    will be independent enough, and rejected Lords’ amendments to
    change the reporting arrangements for the post.

    Baroness Cathy Ashton, the Sure Start minister, told the House
    of Lords the children’s commissioner will be independent enough to
    function effectively even though the postholder will be accountable
    to education secretary Charles Clarke.

    The Lords were debating the bill in its committee stage and
    discussing 250 amendments.

    Baroness Ashton did accept one important amendment which means
    the commissioner will have to take the UN Convention on the Rights
    of the Child into account when considering children’s rights.

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